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The Worst Job You Ever Had  
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8490 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2761 times:

The worst job I ever had was being a flyer distributer meaning I stuck paper flyers for a cash flow symposium under the wind shield wiper of cars art a parking lot.

I found out about the job at school employment office, the title said "flyer for hire" and that it was fun it paid $10 per hour so I took the offer.

For the three days of work I did I had to distribute 3,000 flyers in as many days from three to eight to shopping center parking lots from far away, in the process I had to deal with people littering the flyer on the ground, police and mall security telling me to return the flyers and coming across irate people sitting in their cares cursing at me as I passed the flyers around.

In the end I could only distribute about half of the 3,000 and a week later after I was hired I was fired, about a year later when I returned near the office to take a look I found paper on the door saying "NOTICE OF EVICTION" by the police department and the place was vacant with trash and furniture lying around.

I guess the lesson taken is watch out for job offers that seem to good to be true or an offer that has little description or applications that only ask for your name, address and phone number. Fortunately I never had to deal with this kind of situation again.

What was your worst job?


"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." John Masefield Sea-Fever
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User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

I tried a door-to-door 'window treatment' sales job once when I was a student, I quit after 1 hour because everybody got so pissed off when they answered the door.

Next worst was my first job, a paper round delivering a commercial paper to businesses in town - once I figured out nobody wanted the papers I just started recycling them instead of delivering them.

Final worst job was working at a dry-ski slope even though I couldn't ski.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9936 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2723 times:
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Working as a (behind-the-scenes) clerk at the local Post Office.

As Newman so eloquently put it, when asked why Postal Service workers go crazy, "Because the mail never stops."

It's the kind of job where you assume that everyone who works there must be utterly crazy, or be generally miserable. And, frankly, that's not too far off the mark.



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User currently offlinebookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

I used to be a support worker for intellectually and physically disabled adults which, overall, was actually quite a rewarding job, but some of the shall we say 'unsavoury' aspects of the job (cleaning faeces off clients, being urinated on when attempting to support a client to shower, being attacked by the more aggressive clients) really made you question what the hell you were doing for a living.

Credit to the amazing men and women who do such jobs on a long-term basis for an absolute pittance of a wage.



When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.
User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

I worked in a pet store for a day, the dogs were cute and fluffy but they shit in their cages and they expected me to clean it!

My reaction, "Oh hell no!"

Gave them back their shirt and walked out. Seriously these people expected me to clean shit!



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19559 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

My fellowship after I finished residency.

*incompetent attendings who ordered me to do things that I knew would harm my patients. And then I would get reprimanded for refusing to do it.
*changing my schedule to a far worse schedule after I'd signed on.
*cutting my already paltry pay by 10% for "budgetary constraints."
*denying a vacation request I'd placed FIVE MONTHS previously once I'd already bought the tickets.
*questioning my professionalism because twice in four months I had problems with San Francisco's bus system (imagine that!) and was ten minutes late to work
*insisting, as a matter of policy, that I was not allowed to sign my own prescriptions.
*giving me zero autonomy in making medical decisions, in spite of the fact that I was (and still am) a Board-Certified pediatrician licensed to practice medicine in two states.
*general poor treatment of patients
*testily telling me to read the departmental manual (which was 400+ pages) whenever I asked for a clarification of departmental policy.
*flagrantly ignoring that very same manual when it suited their purposes.
*a policy that clinic time was "to raise revenue for the department, not to train fellows" (well then why are you running a fellowship training program, jackasses?)
*absolutely absurd hours. I'd get there at 7:30 and sometimes not leave until 11 PM. When I complained once that this was a violation of ACGME residency work hour rules, I was told that I had to manage my time better.
*constant reprimands for things that were obviously out of my control
*forcing me to do a research project in which I had no interest and for which I was unqualified

There were two and only two good things about that job: 1) my patients and 2) the view from our office, which was on a mountain in San Francisco from which you could see all the way to the Pacific and all the way to Berkely. Good thing, because while I worked there I almost never left that office.

It wasn't shoveling shit. or mail, or door-to-door stuff. But the stress of that job was awful. I endured seven months out of a planned three years before I handed in my resignation.

I love my current job. And I treat my students with dignity and respect.


User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 4):
I worked in a pet store for a day, the dogs were cute and fluffy but they shit in their cages and they expected me to clean it!

My reaction, "Oh hell no!"

Gave them back their shirt and walked out. Seriously these people expected me to clean shit!

So you willingly applied for a job in a pet store, and didn't expect to encounter cleaning up feces or urine from animals?

Wow.

-Noah.   



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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

Quoting FX772LRF (Reply 6):
So you willingly applied for a job in a pet store, and didn't expect to encounter cleaning up feces or urine from animals?

Hell no, I though they hired people for that kind of work! Little did I know, they did, it was me!



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2388 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I was a paper boy back when I was 13 years old. I had to wake up at 4 am and first pick up the newspapers, then deliver them at the houses on my route. Very hard job and it destroyed my weekend every time. I was so tired for the rest of the day.

User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3568 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):
I was a paper boy back when I was 13 years old. I had to wake up at 4 am and first pick up the newspapers, then deliver them at the houses on my route. Very hard job and it destroyed my weekend every time. I was so tired for the rest of the day.

Ah I remember that as well, I did that in Denmark and in Germany. Denmark was better paid  

My worst job was to work at a company doing telephone surveys, ringing random people asking them stupid questions. It was not about selling, only about customer satisfaction. But still, and you only got paid when you finished the interview. Man it sucked.


User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 8):
I was a paper boy back when I was 13 years old. I had to wake up at 4 am and first pick up the newspapers, then deliver them at the houses on my route. Very hard job and it destroyed my weekend every time. I was so tired for the rest of the day.

I was a paperboy too at about that age! I didn't mind it so much, the weekday papers were delivered at about 5PM so they were waiting for me after I got home from school, I had to roll them and then put then on my bike and did my route!

Good times!



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2388 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 9):
Denmark was better paid

:D

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 10):
I was a paperboy too at about that age! I didn't mind it so much, the weekday papers were delivered at about 5PM so they were waiting for me after I got home from school, I had to roll them and then put then on my bike and did my route!

After I ended my 'career' as paperboy for a newspaper, I started delivering ads during the day and also had to pick them up, take them home, roll them, put them in my trailer for my bicycle and deliver them. That was probably the hardest job of the two. Still, it didn't beat having to get up at 4 am in the morning. The problem was, that I didn't understand that going to bed past midnight was a bad idea if I had to get up just 4 hours later  

[Edited 2010-08-02 10:19:25]

User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10697 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Bad jobs dont necessarily mean bad paid.

My worst job? During my last job as an employee (in lower management and well paid) I had two bosses. One said, in a sense, go left, the other go right. They didnt talk to each other and always blamed me for going the wrong way (and they were sitting in different cities which made it even worse because I had to work in both offices). It literally made me sick. Now I earn half as much but I´m much happier being my own boss.

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 3):
I used to be a support worker for intellectually and physically disabled adults which, overall, was actually quite a rewarding job, but some of the shall we say 'unsavoury' aspects of the job (cleaning faeces off clients, being urinated on when attempting to support a client to shower, being attacked by the more aggressive clients) really made you question what the hell you were doing for a living.

Credit to the amazing men and women who do such jobs on a long-term basis for an absolute pittance of a wage.

I agree. Hats off for them.


User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5028 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

When I was in college, during the summer I worked at a distribution center for frozen foods. We had to pick and wrap the orders for all the stores in the vicinity, at -30° Celcius ( -22°F). We had to get out of the freezer every two hours. To make matters worse, during most of the month I worked there there was a heatwave, meaning that in a matter of less than five minutes I'd go from -30° to +30° (86°F), to then ride home on my bike for 20 minutes. Needless to say, after about a week, me an every other student working there all had a cold. The money was pretty good though: we got the same gross salary the regulars got, but since were students, hardly any taxes came off, so we were actually making quite a bit more than the regulars!

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

I operated a fuel tanker fill station on the night shift . I sat in a control booth and monitored the load sequences and was in charge of shutting down the system in the event of valve failure , fire or other problem. I had to sit in the office for 8 hours a night with ony 2 -15 min breaks . Breaks that were taken in the office and I was still responsible to hit the shut down in case of fire.

The office sat in the center of giant "fuel farm " I was surrounded by about 25 huge fuel tanks and millions of gallons of fuel. During the night on schedule the fuel tanker would arrive at the gate and enter a code ... I would then allow them to pass though .. I would then enter there load into the station which would automatically unlock the proper tanks. The tanker would enter the dock and the driver would attach the anti static lines and begin filling his tank. At that point I just had to sit and watch for about 20 minutes , he would end his load out and push a button and the valves would all close .. I would get a green light and open the gate.

I was so freaking bored out of my mind I nearly went insane.... on a busy night we would have maybe 5-6 trucks come though. So it was hours of doing nothing but reading . I began writing my biography at that that time ... now that's bored.



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 4):
I worked in a pet store for a day, the dogs were cute and fluffy but they shit in their cages and they expected me to clean it!

Oh no! Anything but dog crap!

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 4):
Gave them back their shirt and walked out. Seriously these people expected me to clean shit!

   Good god. Try cleaning shit, urine, blood, grey matter from a .45cal earthly departure and then come talk to me.

Quoting UAL747DEN (Reply 7):
Hell no, I though they hired people for that kind of work! Little did I know, they did, it was me!



So you took a job in a pet store and thought someone else cleans the crap?   



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlinesunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Standing outside a bar trying to entice people in. I lasted one night. I got paid €15, and the taxi home was €9, so it wasn't worth my while doing it, and it was the longest 3 hours of my life.


Formerly alcregular, Why drive when you can fly?
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

After graduating from high school and before moving off to college I found a job at a local movie theater. It paid minimum wage and I could barely get 20 hours a week. Which in hindsight wasn't a bad thing as the job sucked.

They'd either have me working behind the concession counter or on lobby/theater clean up. and frankly doing clean up was the better task. When working the concession counter you had to upsell, "for just 50 cents more you can get a half a gallon of coke with a free refill -- isn't that a great value." On weekends it would get pretty busy and stressful trying to get customers their food. In the downtime even if you have cleaned and restocked if the managers caught you not doing anything they'd make you do something.

One weeknight I was closing and was with one of my more worthless female employees and a manager -- who proceeded to flirt most of the evening as I was stuck with most of the closing duties. It was almost 2 by the time I got home, when I should have been out by midnight.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

I suppose I've been quite lucky in this arena--I've never had a job I truly hated. There were one or two I didn't look forward to, though. When I was in college, I worked in a gourmet shop in Cambridge, Mass. The owner was....a unique character, with an unpredictable temper. There was also a rodent problem because of a nasty greasy-spoon cafe next door--there were literally mousetraps right underneath the counter where I stood   ! However, my co-workers were brilliant, and that made it tolerable.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
the view from our office, which was on a mountain in San Francisco from which you could see all the way to the Pacific and all the way to Berkely. Good thing, because while I worked there I almost never left that office.

From this description, I know exactly which medical establishment it was. I'm shocked that their working conditions are so terrible--I've only had good experiences there as a patient!



"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is temporary; the evil it does is permanent" - Ghandi
User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4988 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

My first summer job as a teen was working at a Dunkin' Doughnuts. I hired on as "kitchen help" at minimum wage, which at the time was $3.75 per hour. I soon learned that I was to keep the kitchen clean. It was un airconditioned and there were literally bags of loose flour on every surface. Then there were the roaches everywhere! I thought after 3 days, there has to be something better than this out there for minimum wage. So I was very happy to quit. Heat, flour and roaches are not for me!

I then went to work at a mail order distribution center picking orders. That job was so damn boring the minutes seemed like hours. It was totally mindless. And there were people there who had done this job for years and years!



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User currently offlineCorinthians From United States of America, joined May 2008, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

Call center. ‘nuff said

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11645 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

I worked on a farm from my early to mid teens to get pocket money. This was alright actually in the field - long lazy days tending to the fruit crop, but other aspects to the job was effectively slave labour fr £2.50 an hour as, being fairly strong, I ended up doing more and more of the crap work. I quit after cleaning out three large chicken runs and creosoting them inside and out (with the old stuff which is now banned) for pittance.


Dan  



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User currently offlineaviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

Quoting Corinthians (Reply 20):
Call center. ‘nuff said

        

I worked at a call center for four months after graduating from high school before going off to do my mandatory military service. The only thing that made call center hell tolerable were the co-workers.


User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting Corinthians (Reply 20):
Call center. ‘nuff said

I did a call center job! Hired 1 week after I turned 16 and loved it! There were so many hot young college freshmen working there it was a constant party! We were interrupted every once in a while by Allstate Emergency Road Service calls but when not on a call you were figuring out who you were going to sleep with that weekend!

Damn I miss that job!



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User currently onlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

KFC. Lasted three days.

Worked in the back preparing the chicken: Take frozen chicken out of freezer, thaw chicken, get bag of "Secret Recipe of 11 Herbs & Spices" which is mostly flour, throw chicken into flour, put chicken in fryer, fry chicken, remove and drain fried chicken, put fried chicken in serving rack. In the process you were guaranteed at least one burn a day, and came home stinking of fry grease and chicken. And with the day shift I could barely arrive in time for my classes and with not enough time to change. So I tried an evening shift, you did all of the normal day work till closing... and then was the fun part.... clean up: Drain the fryers, clean the racks and counters and fryers. Clean all the cooking items in a big sink with screaming hot water. Got greasy, stinky, and burned.

I lasted three days because I had borrowed $79 from my friend to buy school books and wanted it paid. I quit as I left after my shift the third night, told the manager (who loved how hard I worked and had just complimented me on that) I wouldn't be back the next day. He was very unhappy. And that is my only regret, that I didn't give him more notice. But unfortunately it just wasn't a good enough job vs the drawbacks of staying longer.

Tugg



I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
25 Doona : Doesn't sound too hard, just one flyer/day. I did that for the summer in 2007. I worked 7 days week, and ended up making plenty of money for the summ
26 Post contains images trident3 : ......lobsters.......................Jayne Mansfield................. I'll get my coat
27 DocLightning : I've had a few horrible experiences there as a patient due to the same arrogance and incompetence that made me leave. The worst experience I had ther
28 steeler83 : The worst job I ever had would have to be when I worked at a South Side convenience store/gas station and dealt with the absolute lowest intelligence
29 LH459 : You know, I'd been thinking about going elsewhere when my new insurance kicks in. You've helped me make up my mind!
30 1stfl94 : Two jobs for me 1) selling dodgy health insurance over the phone, especially when you phoned up someone to find out they had recently died 2) working
31 ajd1992 : Well, the animals can't clean their own shit so somebody has to.... My worst job was probably my paper round at 13. I lost 28lbs or so but in the win
32 Post contains images DocLightning : my friend's dog cleans up her own poop... she eats it! With gusto!
33 KPHXFlyer : During my junior / senior year of high school, I worked for a drug store. Within the first week I was there, an "urban outdoorsman" came into the stor
34 jalap : My very first student job, aged 15 or so, was terrible. Cleaning dishes, the machine couldn't handle the load, madame manager was drunk most of the ti
35 AirPacific747 : Other not so great jobs that comes to my mind: Working as a cashier in a supermarket for 2 years. Working as a supervisor on a gas station for 1 year.
36 ShyFlyer : I worked at Wal-Mart. Yeah, nuff said.
37 DesertJets : Yeah I don't think I've encountered a Walmart employee that didn't look miserable.... that is when you can find one.[Edited 2010-08-02 15:10:18]
38 Larshjort : Removing the outer mold layer from aged cheese, the smell made me throw up and I left after 1 hour. /Lars
39 OAKBWIfella : Two jobs: 1. Worked as a car cleaning supervisor at a rental company's airport location. Hours were long, the pay sucked, and the rental managers were
40 einsteinboricua : Summer camps...make sure you find a summer camp with a reputation. I worked two years at my high school summer camp. The first time I was in 10th grad
41 WarRI1 : One of mine was shoveling chicken poop out from under the roosts, thousands of chickens, plenty of poop. We had to hand shovel out into the open pens
42 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Probably my current job. I'm an aircraft purchaser turned into aircraft administrator/chief pilot of sorts (though I never get to fly), dealing with p
43 JBirdAV8r : If you're really the then fire his ass!! Finding a King Air pilot looking for work is like looking for a nurse in a hospital. But obviously, first ma
44 Fly2HMO : Oh believe me I would. Thing is, I'm chief pilot behind closed doors, if you will. Captain doesn't really know that. Boss acknowledges me as such but
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